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Park visitors using the shuttle service in the Giant Forest
Want to avoid congested roads and crowded parking areas? Learn about the benefits of riding the park shuttle in our Tips for a Better Visit section below.

Park visitors using the shuttle service in the Giant Forest/NPS Photo

 

Planning a trip to the parks?

No entry reservation is required. Check here for current information on roads, facilities, conditions from the field, with links to more in-depth information.

A prescribed burn in the Giant Forest sequoia grove that began June 9 has concluded. Smoke and active fire may linger in the area for couple weeks. Some trail closures remain in effect. To learn more about the beneficial effects of this prescribed fire, please read the news release issued at the end of the project.

For more information about this prescribed burn, visit Inciweb:

For information about prescribed fire and its benefits to sequoia groves, visit these pages:

Most park roads are now open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. 

  • This includes the Generals Highway through Sequoia and Kings Canyon and the Sequoia National Forest, Kings Canyon Scenic Highway (Highway 180), Moro Rock/Crescent Meadow Road, Wolverton Road, Grant Tree Road, Mineral King Road, and developed area surface roads in the parks. 
  • Expect limited closures on park roads throughout spring and early summer for tree removal work. Additional information on specific road closures will be posted here when available.

Current Closures

  • Crystal Cave Road (Sequoia National Park), closed for season due to impacts from the 2021 KNP Complex Fire
  • Redwood Mountain Road (Kings Canyon National Park), currently closed due to hazardous conditions from the 2021 KNP Complex Fire

Summer 2022 Construction Projects

This summer, two construction projects are underway to improve park roads and utilities. One project is being conducted mid-summer in Sequoia National Park, and the other is currently ongoing in the Cedar Grove area of Kings Canyon. Learn more on the Sequoia Road Construction page.

Please check weather forecasts during your visit, as weather can change unexpectedly, and differs greatly by elevation. For detailed weather conditions, please see forecasts by area

Air Quality

As temperatures begin to rise during summer months, air quality in the parks is impacted by increased concentrations of ozone, an invisible pollutant. We also may experience an increase in high particulate matter (PM2.5) pollution, which is largely derived from local or regional wildfire smoke. Unlike ozone, particulate matter pollution will impact visibility and can alter the visual landscape. Before you visit, learn more about air quality here and access a link to local forecasts. 
 

A prescribed burn in the Giant Forest sequoia grove that began June 9 has concluded. Smoke and active fire may linger in the area for couple weeks. Some trail closures remain in effect. 

All or portions of the following Giant Forest trails will be closed until further notice: Rimrock, Alta, Hazelwood Cutoff, Washington Tree, Huckleberry, Dead Giant, Tharps Log Cutoff, Crescent Meadow, Log Meadow, Trail of the Sequoias, Wolverton Cutoff, Circle Meadow. Please see park staff for detailed information on the trail closures.


Roads:
All roads in the Giant Forest are currently open, with the exception of the Crystal Cave Road, which is closed for the season due to impacts from the 2021 KNP Complex Fire. 

Parking:

  • All parking areas are now open.
  • The Lower Sherman Tree and the Big Trees Trail parking areas (along Generals Highway) are designated accessible parking lots only.
  • The Moro Rock and Crescent Meadow Picnic Area parking areas will be closed on weekends but you can access this area by riding the park shuttle. If you are planning an overnight backcountry trip or have an accessible parking placard, please contact park staff at the gate for access.

Museum: Giant Forest Museum is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Services:

  • Wuksachi Lodge, restaurant, and gift shop are open. For lodging reservations, go to visitsequoia.com or call (866) 807-3598.
  • Lodgepole Market is open daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm for grocery items, supplies, clothing, and more.
  • Lodgepole Campgrounds is open by reservation only. Dorst Campground is closed for the season.

Trails: 

  • The Colony Mill Trail is now open from North Fork to Admiration Point, but closed from Admiration Point to Crystal Cave Road.

  • Snow may still be present on the higher elevation backcountry trails, please be prepared for all conditions when planning your hike. For more specific trail conditions information, please visit the wilderness permit desk at the Giant Forest Museum.

All roads in the Grant Grove area are currently open, with the exception of the Redwood Canyon Mountain Road. Trails and roads in the Redwood Canyon area were damaged in the KNP Complex Fire and will not reopen until conditions are safe. 

Visitor Center: Kings Canyon Visitor Center is open daily, including the information desk, exhibits, theater, and Sequoia Parks Conservancy park store.

Services:

Trails: Most trails are open. Trails in the Redwood Canyon area were damaged in the KNP Complex Fire and will not reopen until conditions are safe. Some smoking trees are visible in this area.

Consider a hike to Roaring River Falls (a 0.3 miles one way) or Zumwalt Meadow (just under a mile to first view of the meadow and back). Other attractions include Grizzly Falls and Junction View Overlook, both located along the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway (Highway 180).

Construction: Work is currently ongoing along the road corridor in Cedar Grove, where sections of underground electrical lines will be replaced near the Lewis Creek Bridge. Expect average delays of 15 minutes, with traffic control. Work will not occur on weekends, on holidays, or on Fridays prior to holiday weekends.

Visitor Center: Cedar Grove Visitor Center is now open Thursday through Monday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm PST.

Camping: Most Cedar Grove campgrounds are currently open for reservations. Moraine campground is temporarily closed for maintenance until further notice.

Services:

  • Cedar Grove Lodge is now open. Make reservations online or call (866) 807-3598. Cedar Grove Grill is now open 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Breakfast service is for lodge guests only.
  • Cedar Grove Gift Shop/Market is now open 7:00 am to 9:00 pm daily.
  • There are no shower or laundry facilities available in the parks this year.

Services:

 

Trails: The Foothills area of the park offers excellent hiking opportunities, Marble Falls Trail and Paradise Creek Trail are now open. At lower elevations, hikers may encounter high temperatures, often above 100° F (38°C), during the summer and early fall months. Please carry and drink plenty of water. Bring hats, sunscreen, and light-colored clothing to protect you from the sun, which is especially strong at higher altitudes.

Fire Restrictions:Wood and charcoal fires (including wood-burning stoves) are prohibited in ALL areas below 6,000 feet. This includes the river areas, South Fork, Potwisha, and Buckeye Flat campgrounds, and Hospital Rock and Foothills picnic areas. No smoking is permitted outside of vehicles. Some additional restrictions apply for wilderness areas. 

Ride the Sequoia Shuttle!

Avoid traffic congestion and soaring gas costs by riding the Sequoia Shuttle. For only $20 you get round-trip transportation to and from Sequoia National Park from Visalia, California. This fare includes your park entrance fee. To reserve, call (877) 287-4453. Alternatively, drive into Sequoia National Park and park at one of the many Giant Forest/Lodgepole area parking lots, and ride the FREE local shuttle throughout the area. For more information, please visit the Park Shuttles web page.

COVID-19 Safety

Masks are currently optional in NPS buildings and on public transportation. The NPS has updated its masking guidance based on the CDC’s COVID-19 Community Levels tool, which helps communities decide what prevention steps to take. 

We urge you to follow National Park Service guidance and CDC guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

For the health and safety of others, please choose another time to visit a park if: 

  1. You are experiencing COVID-like symptoms such as a dry cough, fever, difficulty breathing, and/or loss of taste or smell.

  2. You had close contact with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  3. You are self-isolating or self-quarantining because you may have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 or are worried that you may be sick with COVID-19.
 

Recent Wildfire Activity

In Septermber of 2021, the lightning-caused KNP Complex Fire burned through a significant portion of the park. You will see evidence of recent wildfire along the Generals Highway and on trails. Check our tips for safety in burned areas if you plan to hike in an area affected by fire. With some areas of the parks still closed as a result of the fire, expect open areas to be crowded with limited parking. Our closure map shows general areas (in yellow) and roads and trails (in red) that are closed. 

Traffic Congestion

During weekends and holidays, our entrance stations become congested, especially at the Sequoia National Park entrance near Three Rivers, California. Check out these tips to avoid congestion or the inconveniences it may cause. We always recommend that you buy your entrance pass online before you arrive.

WiFi and Cellular Service

WiFi is available at Kings Canyon and Foothills visitor centers. However, if you use the NPS Mobile app, please try to download the app and data before you arrive. Cell phone service may be available in the Grant Grove developed area for Verizon customers, and outside the Foothills Visitor Center for AT&T customers. However, cellular service is not reliable at these locations.

Information on Neighboring Public Lands

Traveling to Yosemite National Park? Reservations required beginning May 20, 2022.

For information on the status of the Sequoia National Forest or Giant Sequoia National Monument (managed by the US Forest Service), visit the Sequoia National Forest website.

For information on Lake Kaweah (managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers), visit their website.

Day Hiking

No permits are needed for day hiking. 

Trail Closures

Some trails are closed due to impacts from the KNP Complex Fire.
 

Wilderness Permits during the Quota Season

May 27, 2022 - September 17, 2022

Wilderness permit reservations are available on Recreation.gov. Reservations can be made up to six months in advance of your trip, and are released daily at 7:00 AM Pacific Standard Time.

During the quota season, the number of people beginning trips each day is limited by entry point and a recreation fee is required. Reservations are available for most, but not all entry points.

Permit pick up will be available at the station closest to your desired trailhead: Mineral King Ranger Station, Foothills Visitor Center, Giant Forest Museum, Kings Canyon Visitor Center, or Road's End Permit Station-Cedar Grove.
 

Wilderness Permits and Overnight Backpacking, Outside of Quota Season

September 18, 2022 - May 25, 2023

Self-issue wilderness permits are available for overnight backpacking at Foothills and Kings Canyon visitor centers and at Giant Forest Museum. 

Fire Restrictions

Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in effect. Wood and charcoal fires (including wood-burning stoves) are prohibited at South Fork, Potwisha, and Buckeye Flat campgrounds. No smoking outside of vehicles. For more details, see the Fire Restrictions page.

Most campgrounds in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are currently open, except Dorst Campground, which is closed for the season. Moraine campground is temporarily closed for maintenance. This year, most campgrounds in the parks require a reservation in advance of your stay. Reservations will be available one month in advance of your stay, but can also be made on the same day of your visit. We recommend that you make reservations as far in advance of your stay as possible. Reservations can be made directly on each campground's NPS web page, or at Recreation.gov.

There are no shower or laundry facilities available in the parks this year.

For more information on camping in developed campgrounds in the park, visit our Camping web page.

 
  • Three smartphones with screens showing app features

    NPS Mobile App

    The official National Park Service app can guide you around the parks, no cell service needed.

  • The Sequoia National Park entrance station

    Avoiding Traffic Congestion

    Weekends and holidays are busy! Learn how to minimize your wait at park entrance stations.

  • A family group with young children and a stroller travel down a paved path lined with sequoias.

    Accessibility

    We offer recreational opportunities suited for a wide range of abilities, including exhibits, walking, camping, and shuttle transportation.

  • A metal food storage box is provided at each campsite.

    Store Food to Protect Wildlife

    Bears are active day and night. When camping or picnicking, all food, trash, and any item with a scent must be stored in food-storage boxes.

  • People around a campfire

    Fire Restrictions

    Campfires may be prohibited when fire danger is extreme.

  • A distant hazy sky with particulate matter forms over Sierra mountains.

    Air Quality

    Ozone and other air pollutants are common here. Learn more-view our air-quality index forecast.

  • Fire fighters stand on a burning slope

    Current Fire Information

    A link to all current fires can be found here. You may also subscribe to our fire information mailing list.

  • Heavy equipment works on resurfacing a road.

    Road Construction

    A road construction project on the highway between Lodgepole and Grant Grove will cause delays.

  • Two men in backpacks on a rocky trail look out over a vista of rugged mountains and conifers.
    Learn More About

    Wilderness Permit Reservations

    Make a wilderness permit reservation through Recreation.gov.

Last updated: June 17, 2022

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